Celebrating the life of Elizabeth Scudder Woodward
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Born January 28, 1927, Elizabeth Scudder was the eldest child of Van Wildman Scudder and Cora Lucille Williams Scudder. Elizabeth, known to friends and family as Betty, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Shades Cahaba High School. She had two younger brothers, Roderick William Scudder and Arnold Marvin Scudder.
Betty graduated from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. When her parents moved to Quincy, Florida, following World War II, she met and married Perry Leland Woodward. She went on to teach science and math at Quincy High School and at Chattahoochee High School before enrolling at Florida State University, where she received her Master of Science degree and PhD in Science Education.
In 1966 the Woodward family moved to Key West, Florida and a year later moved to Augusta, Georgia, where Betty taught physics at Augusta University and received her Master of Science degree in Nursing. She would go on to serve as Dean of Nursing at Texas Women’s University in Houston, Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and Northwestern State University in Shreveport, Louisiana.
In retirement Betty lived for several years in Highland, North Carolina before relocating to Roswell, Georgia. She served on board of directors of her neighborhood association at the Orchards of Roswell, was an elder of the Roswell Presbyterian Church, and was a lifelong bridge player. She travelled extensively to Europe, Morocco, and Mexico.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brothers, and her daughter, Laura Woodward Knight. She is survived by her son, Perry Leland Woodward, Jr., daughter Lucille Woodward Cameron, daughter-in-law Ann Martin Woodward, and her grandchildren, Daniel Martin Woodward, Robert Woodson Knight, Leland Andrew Woodward, and Kerry Elizabeth Cameron.
Betty passed from this life on the morning of October 17, 2016 at her apartment at Huntcliff Summit in Sandy Springs, Georgia, following a six-year battle with a recurrence of breast cancer. Her family and friends will always remember her enthusiasm and joy for life.
There will be a graveside ceremony at Old Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Quincy on Friday, November 25 at eleven AM. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, those who remember Betty donate to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (http://ww5.komen.org/Donate/Donate.html).
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL, 850-627-7677.
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